The Space Programs of Iran and North Korea

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Iran and North Korea have been sharing technology since the 1980’s and their space programs are very similar, with their launch vehicles being derived from the North Korean Nodong missile. Which itself is likely derived from the Soviet R-17 missile, better known in the West as the Scud missile.
Lots of credit for the images and diagrams goes to Norbert Brügge’s website on rockets, there’s a lot more detail there if you want to go deeper.
Thanks to Cody for his video about nitric acid:

  1. IsakH85

    I’m also familiar with the disappearing alcohol phenomenon, it’s very strange indeed!

  2. Kumquat Lord

    Could you please do a video on the purpose of sounding rockets or SRBs?

  3. etbadaboum

    ‘Fly safe’… but what if I’m an ICBM?

  4. Jackie Singleton

    4:23 Gigity…
    That’s what she said…
    Hence the big rocket!

  5. Aggies52

    I would love to see a video about Anousheh Ansari! She seems like she has a really cool story!

  6. Ryusennin

    And maybe, just maybe, I’m a Chinese jet pilot.

  7. Lion King

    First of all: most of the scientists believe that Iran’s space missiles are nothing like ICBMs, and besides, Iran has already developed a number of satellites to launch. I believe they are really up to something special about sats.

  8. Ana Gavilan

    The S.C.O.T.T M.A.N.L.E.Y

  9. Jonathan Revivo

    I tried to research about their programs and from all the tons of text on google your 10 min video explained it the best. thank you for the hard work and your fantastic channel.

  10. Kouroosh Mousavi

    Haha you did butcher the name, you did pronounced them all great, and great history even I didn’t know, thank you

  11. ShamblerDK

    Russian and North Korean relationship has since improved a lot. These days there are North Korean slaves working in Russian forests.

  12. Sam Bishara

    I think the shahab should be pronounced shihab which means comet I believe.

  13. herojh

    I really enjoyed this. It’s really interesting to see the genealogy of these rockets! It would be great to see you delve a bit more into the military area. Take care Scott.

  14. Kerosene 42

    North korea has Better Rocket Than South Korea.

  15. Mustafa Hasan

    My new all time favorite very informative.

  16. ffggddss

    “Warning: This Video is Full of Bad Pronunciation”
    Well, I don’t think there was enough bad pronunciation to warrant that disclaimer.
    … Just to prove that there’s no avoiding complaints, no matter what you do!
    Hey, thanks for the info! You always seem to have some fascinating stuff.

  17. Data Intensive

    Wasn’t sure at first that I’d be interested but…. Absolutely excellent video summary. Another video on this subject would be very welcome

  18. S C

    rocket designs seem to hang around a long time – but never knew the V2 had so many offspring!

  19. kg b

    Ionicly i just had an ad for a chris hadfeld cource on rocketry

  20. Tech_ 49FPV

    I had a Patriot model rocket I adored growing up. The Scud missile you mentioned reminded me

  21. Captain Wonders

    When your missile is named Nodong

  22. SRFriso94

    I love this, these types of rocket history lessons are great. Keep ’em coming!

  23. Steven Patten

    Thank you so much for doing more research than I have the patience to do! It’s great that people like you explore the rabbit holes want to go down, but dont have the time to! Keep up the good work!

  24. LineaHund

    Did you stumble upon any information regarding Israel’s assumed nuclear and rocket programs in more detail?

  25. Tiago Panza

    Hi Scott! Keep up the awesome videos! Quick question about a different topic: any news about the investigation on that hole in the soyuz? Thanks 👍

  26. matt gixxer

    Wowza .. thanks for all this wealth of information I just consumed in a very short amount of time.

  27. Enthusiastic Zestful Villainy

    N. Korean trying to develop rockets to orbit.
    Mainwhile… flat earthers’ convention in first world countries.

  28. antsolja

    who knew tech related all the way back to the v2 was being used for modern space flight

  29. Kevin Harlow

    Check out the Arms Control Wonk podcast – they are amazing at digging into Iranian and North Korean missile tech!

  30. planetrob555

    So cool that you’re a Cody’sLab fan!

  31. Laurent 74

    Before I watched this I had no idea what was in my picture. It was just a random picture I took of a missile in a military museum.

  32. billinct860

    Very informative as always! Thanks!

  33. Brian Streufert

    Great video, Scott. I too have been enthralled with the rocket development of these nations for a very very long time. Very interesting stuff and rather comical at times.

  34. dontcheckmychannel

    We really should stop using the thrust of engines to describe the power of a roket.
    I propose we start referring to rockets by their max acceleration at full wet mass.

  35. Sheldon Cwinn

    This was so interesting. Your research is impeccable. Thanks!

  36. Qual Q'Prod

    Thanks Scott again for sharing your knowledge. It’s very appreciated all around the world (France here :D) !

  37. Leon Brooke

    I really like how technical you get in your videos, that stuff fascinates me

  38. SANKU

    I love this kinda thing, please keep them coming maybe with different countries and how they acquired and developed space tech!

  39. ketchup1001

    Scott, where did you get that Rifter model?! It is glorious :)

  40. vdiitd

    Its funny that US concentrates on Iran and North Korea and forgets about the country where Osama Bin Laden was found living a luxurious life.

  41. capt. B Gates

    Thank you. Another spaceflight topic not getting enough exposure. How about Pakistan and India?

  42. Darth Mortus

    Very interesting I knew Norks had a successful satellite launch but did not know about Iran.

  43. Filip Skotnica

    The castrated version of NK’s missile – The “No dong”

  44. Gordon Chin

    Please do a video featuring Anousheh Ansari. I have never heard of this amazing person before.

  45. The Crater Games

    1:04 I wonder why the alcohol would just disappear. It’s not like Russians are on something ;-)
    Good ol’ memes

  46. Ethelred Sernays

    Scott, amazing material and really detailed and thoughtful insight into these countries’ rocketry. Thank you!
    Ca you please do a video on space tugs?

  47. Cirne Songs

    Scott’s knowledge (and video skills) is priceless.
    As an added bonus, his accent sometimes reminds me of Shrek….
    I mean no disrespect…it makes me happy….

  48. Y H

    Wonder if North Korea regrets lending their jets for the Yom Kippur war.

  49. Ole Laustsen

    EYY!! The old theme tune is back 🤩🙌👍

  50. John Valerian

    What type of guidance systems are used and what’s the accuracy like?

  51. ke6gwf

    Tor – Tuss
    But you did fine on all the non-English names! Lol

  52. Ark

    But… why they don’t simply use KeroLOX???

  53. MrKaili808

    SpaceX sold [Iran,Nk] the rockets.

  54. Valeriy Proklov

    We should have had this video a long time ago. 👍

  55. E Cognitio

    Something tells me that this comment section is going to be interesting……

  56. zapfanzapfan

    Iraq also tried some clustered design for satellite launch but that seems to not have gotten far… and then they invaded Kuwait…
    Fascinating routes these old Soviet designs have taken around the world. Have you done a video on Wasserfall? I think that was the origin of hypergols in large rockets.

  57. Silverdarlin

    At this point, I’m fairly sure North Korea are just launching fireworks they bought from TESCO

  58. StYxXx

    Sending other primates than humans to space is so 1950s…

  59. PapaQ

    I’d love to see a video on amateur space programs. I know Copenhagen Suborbitals are planning to launch a man into space at some point. Getting there using only crowd-funding and a bunch of volunteers would be pretty amazing.

  60. Gemmel

    Thanks I’d always wondered just how the technology got released to the wild.

  61. Mush V. Peets

    At some point, a certain North Korean leader realized that he had Nodong. To compensate, bigger rockets were constructed.

  62. Dave Rauschenfels

    Who builds the best Scuds? Asking for a friend.

  63. Gay Boy

    Bro your knowledge is weak. lran os one of nine orbital launch capable nation. It successfully launched its first sattelite back in 2009. It successfully launched sattelites from simorgh in 2016. Yes the recent one was failure. Another thing is that lran became orbitaI Iaunch capable nation years before NK.

  64. MBk

    It’s the second most used ballistic missle. First most used rocket in combat is the PG-7 rocked propelled grenade

  65. Daniel Jensen

    I’ve never heard anyone pronounce tortoise that way, I’ve always heard “tor-tis”.
    Good video. Not a hope of keeping up with all those names though.

  66. PejmanMan

    You said Shahab and Omid pretty acceptably, nice!
    But it’s seemorgh, like sea. Or see. Do you see?
    Fly Safe, Scott!

  67. Demon orb Heathen

    hypergolic. It’s a nice word

  68. Nicholas Maude

    “The liquid alcohol would disappear for some reason”;-).
    “Down the hatch, Comrade”;-).

  69. Sara Skywalker

    North Korean space program? Guess we learn something new every day. Certainly with Scott.

  70. Klaus Gartenstiel

    hand me that “rocket fuel,” towarischtsch!

  71. Caonabo Javier

    Please someday do a video also on Argentina and Mexico space programs and satellites

  72. Mr.Sandman

    “Shahab sang” means meteorite, “Shahab” = space, “sang” = rock.

  73. Yürüyen Ansiklopedi

    the alcohol would disappear for some reason
    Ivan, im looking at you

  74. rkan2

    So as with everything the stuff is based on a design done by the Germans (V1,V2) :D

  75. king J

    You missed a lot Iran’s carriers between first one and the last one. There are 6-7 carriers that Iran has.

  76. G Fox

    What’s that clip at 1:38 from. That looks absolutely insane.

  77. The Lonely Rogue

    KJ: Comrades, our glorious satellite hangs in orbit as we speak!
    Peasant: Glorious Leader, how can we listen to the glorious songs it plays?
    KJ: You cannot. (Take him to Gulag.)

  78. TechyBen

    First: Scud One. Second: Scud Eleven. Third: Scud B. Fourth The “Hwasong-6” and Fifth: Nodong *One*.
    Oh, now we know where NVidia and Microsoft went to learn how to name products!

  79. Hirvieläin

    “Warning: this video is full of bad pronunciation”
    Oh you mean the Scottish accent?
    Jk, I love the accent :d

  80. Horst Maier

    There wouldnt be anything more russian than a rocket using ethanol.

  81. Steveeeeee_

    Could you do a Video on the Voyager Planet Encounters in detail?

  82. iraqigeek

    As an Iraqi, I approve of your pronunciation of Al-Abbas and Al-Hussein missiles :D

  83. Wiktor Guzowski

    4:36 so basically stock KSP is a North Korean Rocket Simulator

  84. Bradley Wasser

    The CIA gets their intel on the Iran/Korean missile program from Scott.

  85. Daniel Lopez

    As long as the NK space program goes south we´re ok. Wait…. NO!

  86. knightmarex13

    1:39 whats the story with this clip?

  87. bier00t

    would be nice to hear series about different space programs around the world from you Scott. Historical and active ones are equally interesting.

  88. Casey DuBay

    The only pronunciation that messed me up was “tortoises”….

  89. sidraket

    respected supreme leader just wants to give away free music to the world

  90. spacecadetzack

    What is the source of the video of the guy in the protective suit running on fire from the chemical explosion?

  91. Amir Alavi

    As an Iranian I should say that you pronounced most of the names perry well. Just the pronunciation of “Simorgh” was way off. In fact it’s pronounced like a combination of the words “see” and “morgue”. And thanks for the great video.

  92. Roballium

    4:30 the diameter is 1.25m
    *They are designing their rocket in KSP*

  93. ste kra

    Can you talk more about lesser known space programs? this stuff is interesting.

  94. Democritus86

    1:40 thats not from CodysLab,the guy in video uses too much protection.

  95. catfish552

    “Everything was fine until Kim here started scaling up the Scuds.”
    “Is this true?”
    “Yes, it’s true. This man has Nodong.”

  96. The Lonely Rogue

    Vlad: Ivan, where is our rocket fuel?
    Ivan: I dunno what ur talkin bout, Vlad… *stumbles*
    Vlad: …

  97. Mark McCulfor

    “The alcohol would just disappear for some reason” lol

  98. sonofdog1

    NK Missile name progression:

  99. dougpowers

    Light on the geopolitics, heavy on the rocketry. Fantastic details. Thanks, as always.

  100. prgmTrouble

    “the liquid alcohol would just disappear”

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